Book 1 in my first ever series! *happy dance* This one was so intense to write, and I loved every minute of it. With vampires, werewolves, witches andBook 1 in my first ever series! *happy dance* This one was so intense to write, and I loved every minute of it. With vampires, werewolves, witches and humans, all pretty much old school mythology and forbidden to love, in war and in the bedroom, I put them against each other, their strengths and their weaknesses. I actually created a chart, found all the ways they could fight, love, hurt, heal, etc. What fun!...more
I am the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, my grandmother lost a brother in WWI, and my grandfather's brother fought in WWII. I know some of what it meanI am the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, my grandmother lost a brother in WWI, and my grandfather's brother fought in WWII. I know some of what it means to sacrifice for your country, but only in the vain of living with one who has served. The inspiration behind this story, though, initially came from hearing the struggle of getting the Pentagram as an accepted Wiccan religious symbol on veteran's gravestones. In my research, the story became more about the idea of freedom, and the sacrifices we make to get it, what we are willing to give up. This seemed a strange idea. I liked setting the story to begin on Memorial Day in a graveyard and end it in that same graveyard on the Fourth of July. Also, my witch lost her grandfather in a war, and my vampire was turned when he was dying on a battlefield. I know erotic romance and paranormal may be strange genres for a patriotic story, but, well, that's just me ;)...more
I’ve always been a champion for the underdogs. So, I guess it's not surprise that I married a man who now teaA Message About the Story From The Author
I’ve always been a champion for the underdogs. So, I guess it's not surprise that I married a man who now teaches a class he created called, Crossroads – a class designed to help students understands differences in others, specifically differences of race, religion and sexual orientation. Therefore, in my house, we discuss injustices and prejudices such as racism, weightism, etc. a lot. The idea of stereotypes gets under my skin, and I have a real problem with uninformed people who would rather remain ignorant and judge others than to learn about or exercise an ounce of compassion toward a fellow human being who doesn’t look, think or act as they do. I mean *sighs* can’t we all just get along?
Ideals and feelings often make brief appearances in my writing, but in this novel, the plot idea gave them more of a showing. From online research, I came up with a combined paranormal/fantasy world where sorcerer’s and wizards didn’t get along due to the differences in their magic.
In a world like this, I was able to show the evolution of a hero and heroine, ones who could, when forced to work together, try to find a way to overcome their stereotypes to make way for attraction. Although, as we know from said real world, the romance of such individuals is not easy when family and friends, their prejudices, continue to get in the way. My own thoughts were easier to spout off given my main characters were all paranormal :) No, the story isn’t all doom and gloom or even preaching, but a lot of action and magic, sexual tension and family quarrels, spells and even sexual magick – the real world just seeps through in a couple of poignant lines. *giggles* Was bound to happen, right? ...more
I have always loved reading Regency-set historical romances, but it took me a long time to gather the nerve to write oAbout the Story from the Author:
I have always loved reading Regency-set historical romances, but it took me a long time to gather the nerve to write one myself. It was a lot of research, but I have been thrilled with the response this story has gotten so far. It was written over the course of a year, starting as a short story, moving up to a novella, and then finally it became a novel. And, having an author that I have read and admired for so long, NY Times Bestselling Author, Hannah Howell, (no relation, LOL) read and write a cover review for the story - well that was just a dream come true :)...more
I wrote The Sorcerer’s Songs using my husband's song lyrics to create the plot. It was a lot of fun to write, and a grAbout the Story from the Author:
I wrote The Sorcerer’s Songs using my husband's song lyrics to create the plot. It was a lot of fun to write, and a great writing exercise! I think I was so inspired by his music that the story practically wrote itself. The Senior Editor who accepted the story wrote these wonderful words about it... "I also want to note that you write about magick with a heart and understanding that's pretty rare. There's a ritual feel to the music performance in your story." Go to http://www.broadjam.com/artists/home.... to listen to the song that inspired the story called "The Road" plus two more songs that are used in the story. I am just so excited, and so grateful to my husband, Steven Howell, for letting me use his music!...more